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2016: A Year in the Life

2016 has been a roller coaster of a year. Between the election, celebrity deaths, and internet breaking tweets, we welcome 2017 with open arms, ready for a fresh start.

For me, 2016 has been one of the greatest years of my life. Here’s a look back on some of my favorite moments.

January 2016

Spent a week in Iceland climbing glaciers and seeing some of the most breathtaking sights.

February 2016

Moved out of my studio apartment down to the Financial District.

March 2016

Had my final shift working as a librarian for the American Music and Dramatic Academy. My first job in the city.

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April 2016

Traveled to Buffalo to witness my cousin get married on a snowy, spring day. Reunited with my wonderful family.

Surprise trip to Chicago for a weekend to see my old classmates from Northern Illinois University. It had been nearly 4 years since I last saw these beautiful people.

May 2016

Traveled to Cusco, Peru to volunteer with Maximo Nivel. Climbed a lot of mountains, ate some great food, and had life changing experiences.

June 2016

Felt the love and strength of NYC during Pride.

Rang in my birthday with alcohol, lots. My night was as blurry as this photo

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July 2016

Lost some wisdom, gained some embarrassing photos.

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August 2016

Spent 3 weeks home in the Bay Area with family and friends.

September 2016

Spent a weekend in Boston.

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I also started dating a really, really awesome guy.

October 2016

Spent Halloween with some great company.

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November 2016

Voted for President.

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December 2016

Completed my degree and finally graduated college.

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Spent Christmas weekend in Connecticut with my boyfriend and his family.

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Here’s to an unforgettable year and what lies ahead.

Happy New Year!!

 

Reykjavik Street Art

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One of my favorite memories walking around Downtown Reykjavik this past March was checking out all the really cool street art.  It seemed like there was something new to look at on every corner. I even had the incredible sighting of three young boys creating a new piece on the side of a building. I’ve never witnessed anyone use spray paint live and I quietly watched from a distance–It was fascinating! I’ve grown up thinking that all graffiti was only created by common vandals, but as I’ve traveled the world a bit, I noticed the different between street art and graffiti. Graffiti, to me, usually consists of someone spray painting a word or letters in some bubble form. “Tagging” as they call it, is often associated with gangs, which creates a pretty bad rep. However, it seems that “street art” is a little different, especially with the evolution of modern art. Artists are going beyond tagging and creating visual images that stimulate the brain. They tell stories and different artists will weave their work with other’s. It creates a sense of community through self expression…all pretty cool stuff to me!

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What do you think?